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The Association's Work in the White House Press Album

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  • Gifts Made to the White House by the White House Historical Association
    White House Historical Association
    This document is a list of the gifts made to the White House by the White House Historical Association. The selected highlights range from 1961 to 2021, covering the administrations of John F. Kennedy to Donald Trump. This document was used in the the White House Historical Association’s book, Designing Camelot: The Kennedy White House Restoration and Its Legacy by James Archer Abbott and Elaine Rice Bachmann.
  • Bellangé Firescreen, White House Collection
    Pierre-Antoine Bellangé
    furnishings
    construction & maintenance
    restoration
    This firescreen by Pierre-Antoine Bellangé forms part of the 53 piece suite purchased by President James Monroe in 1817. This photograph of the firescreen shows the piece during conservation treatment, with its upholstery and gilding removed. The White House Historical Association funded all aspects of this restoration.
  • Reupholstery Work on Bellangé Bergere
    Office of the Curator
    furniture
    seats
    construction & maintenance
    restoration
    This photograph is of the reupholstery work in progress on a bergere in the Bellangé suite. A bergere is an armchair with upholstered and enclosed sides. The bergere is part of the 53-piece gilded beechwood suite President James Monroe purchased from Pierre-Antoine Bellangé in 1817.
  • Laura Bush Observes Lincoln Bedroom Restoration
    Susan Sterner
    staff
    restoration
    construction & maintenance
    Second Floor
    Residence staff
    Lincoln Bedroom
    refurbishment
    In this photograph, taken by Susan Sterner on January 4, 2005, First Lady Laura Welch Bush and White House Curator William G. Allman oversee the installation of window fixtures in the Lincoln Bedroom. The window fixtures were installed as part of Mrs. Bush's refurbishment project to restore the historical accuracy of the space and the adjoining Lincoln Sitting Room. Additional enhancements added to the room included period appropriate carpeting, wallpaper, and window hangings, a bed cornice, as well as the only marble mantel in the White House original to the era.
  • Pat Nixon Discusses Red Room Furnishings with Clement Conger
    Jack E. Kightlinger
    staff
    refurbishment
    State Floor
    Red Room
    Residence staff
    In this photograph, taken by Jack E. Kightlinger on February 5, 1971, First Lady Pat Nixon discusses art objects with White House Curator Clement E. Conger. The White House Office of the Curator was created by First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy in 1961, to ensure that the historic art and furnishings of the White House were preserved and managed according to museum standards. Mrs. Nixon frequently consulted with Conger as she worked on refurbishment and renovation projects for the White House and acquired artwork for the White House Collection. Mrs. Nixon added over 600 items to the White House Collection, and refurbished nine rooms, including the Red Room, in addition to renovating the Map and the China Rooms.
  • Press Preview for the Reopening of the Blue Room
    Joseph H. Bailey
    restoration
    press
    State Floor
    Blue Room
    event
    This photograph is of First Lady Pat Nixon speaking with journalists during a press preview of the Blue Room restoration on May 15, 1972. The refurbished Blue Room’s style was inspired by the French Bellangé suite of furniture President James Monroe purchased for the room in 1817. The walls were covered with beige wallpaper, featuring an upper frieze with a flower and bowl design, and a lower border of pink flowers, cupids, and Greek figures. Blue curtains hung the length of the room. The room also included a new oval plaster design in the center of the ceiling completed by Herbert John Millard, a wood carver from Roswell, Georgia.
  • Mrs. Nixon at Blue Room Reopening Reception
    Joseph H. Bailey
    staff
    restoration
    State Floor
    Blue Room
    event
    In this photograph First Lady Pat Nixon, along with White House Curator Clement E. Conger, greets guests in the Blue Room during a reception to celebrate its reopening on May 15, 1972. The refurbished Blue Room’s style was inspired by the French Bellangé suite of furniture President James Monroe purchased for the room in 1817. The walls were covered with beige wallpaper, featuring an upper frieze with a flower and bowl design, and a lower border of pink flowers, cupids, and Greek figures. Blue curtains hung the length of the room. The room also included a new oval plaster design in the center of the ceiling completed by Herbert John Millard, a wood carver from Roswell, Georgia.
  • Lincoln Bedroom
    Peter Vitale
    Lincoln Bedroom
    Second Floor
    Lincoln Bed
    This 2005 color photograph showcases the Lincoln Bedroom, located on the Second Floor of the White House. Previously used as an office and Cabinet Room, the room became a bedroom in the family quarters during the 1902 Roosevelt renovation. The high-back bed, known as the Lincoln Bed, was purchased for the White House by First Lady Mary Todd Lincoln. Despite its purchase during the Lincoln administration, the bed was probably never used by President Abraham Lincoln. Furnished during the administration of President Harry S. Truman, the room features furniture, artwork, and refurbishing reminiscent of the 1860s. In 2005, the room underwent refurbishing under the direction of First Lady Laura Bush enhancing the historical accuracy of the Lincoln Bedroom.
  • Lincoln Bedroom, George W. Bush Administration
    Peter Vitale
    Lincoln Bedroom
    Second Floor
    This 2005 color photograph showcases the Lincoln Bedroom, located on the Second Floor of the White House during the administration of President George W. Bush. Previously used as an office and Cabinet Room, the room became a bedroom in the family quarters during the 1902 Roosevelt renovation. Furnished during the administration of President Harry S. Truman, the room features furniture, artwork, and refurbishing reminiscent of the 1860s. In 2005, the room underwent refurbishing under the direction of First Lady Laura Bush enhancing the historical accuracy of the Lincoln Bedroom. Featured objects in this view include a handwritten and signed copy of the Gettysburg Address by Abraham Lincoln, W. T. Carlton's 1863 Watch Meeting—Dec. 31st 1862—Waiting for the Hour, and an engraving of Francis B. Carpenter’s 1864 painting, First Reading of the Emancipation Proclamation, reflected in the mirror above the fireplace mantel.
  • Family Dining Room, Barack Obama Administration
    Matthew D'Agostino
    State Floor
    Family Dining Room
    This photograph of the Family Dining Room was taken by Matthew D'Agostino in 2016, during the Barack Obama administration. The Family Dining Room is located on the State Floor of the White House. During their residence in the Executive Mansion, the Obamas oversaw the 2015 refurbishing of the dining room, incorporating modern art and design into the room. Among the selected pieces of work are "Resurrection" by Alma Thomas on the north wall and a wool rug adapted from a pictorial weaving called "Black, White, and Gray" by Anni Albers.
  • Family Dining Room, Barack Obama Adminstration
    Matthew D'Agostino
    State Floor
    Family Dining Room
    This photograph of the Family Dining Room was taken by Matthew D'Agostino on July 27, 2016. The Family Dining Room is located on the State Floor of the White House. During their residence in the Executive Mansion, the Obamas oversaw the 2015 refurbishing of the dining room, incorporating modern art and design into the room. The Obamas also opened the room to public tours for the first time. Among the selected pieces of work are the paintings "Early Bloomer [Anagram (a Pun)]" by Robert Rauschenberg on the west wall and "Resurrection" by Alma Thomas on the north wall. The wool rug was adapted from a pictorial weaving called "Black, White, and Gray" by Anni Albers.
  • Family Dining Room, Barack Obama Administration
    Matthew D'Agostino
    State Floor
    Family Dining Room
    This photograph of the Family Dining Room was taken by Matthew D'Agostino in 2015, during the Barack Obama administration. The Family Dining Room is located on the State Floor of the White House. During their residence in the Executive Mansion, the Obamas oversaw the 2015 refurbishing of the dining room, incorporating modern art and design into the room. Among the selected pieces of work are the paintings "Early Bloomer [Anagram (a Pun)]" by Robert Rauschenberg on the west wall and "Resurrection" by Alma Thomas on the north wall. The wool rug was adapted from a pictorial weaving called "Black, White, and Gray" by Anni Albers.
  • George Washington Armchair
    Adam Hains
    chair
    This armchair attributed to Adam Hains of Philadelphia belonged to George Washington and possibly came from the President's House at 524-30 Market Street in Philadelphia. Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Shepley Evans and the White House Historical Association, 1975.
  • Vases with Portraits of President John Adams and George Washington
    Unknown
    vase
    These painted and gilded vases bear the presidential portraits of Presidents George Washington and John Adams. The vases were a gift of the White House Historical Association in 2000.
  • Vase with Portrait of President John Adams (Detail)
    Unknown
    vase
    This painted and gilded vase bears a portrait of President John Adams, which is after an engraving of a painting by John Singleton Copley. The vases were a gift of the White House Historical Association in 2000.
  • Ruby-Stained Glass Goblet with Engraving Of White House
    Unknown
    glassware
    This cut and engraved ruby-stained glass goblet was made in a region of Europe known as Bohemia between 1840 and 1860, which is now largely part of the Czech Republic. Glassware featuring American landmarks was popular at the time, and this piece features an engraving of the President's House, or White House. The engraving is based on an English print of the White House created and distributed in 1831.
  • Watercolor Design for Rug
    Bollentin and Thompson
    rug
    watercolor
    This watercolor design for an Aubusson-style rug was created firm Bollentin and Thompson for Tiffany Studios in New York. The resulting finished product was placed in the Green Room, and another was made for the Red Room.
  • State Dining Room Rug, Barack Obama Administration
    Matthew D'Agostino
    State Dining Room
    State Floor
    textile
    This close up of the State Dining Room rug was taken by Matthew D'Agostino on July 1, 2015, during the Barack Obama administration. First Lady Michelle Obama oversaw the refurbishment of the State Dining Room, a three year project that was unveiled in 2015. This custom, woven rug was inspired by the plasterwork on the room's ceiling and features a design with wreathes and oak leaves. The rug was installed in 2012, at the beginning of the refurbishment.
  • State Dining Room Rug, Barack Obama Administration
    Matthew D'Agostino
    State Dining Room
    State Floor
    textile
    This close up of the State Dining Room rug was taken by Matthew D'Agostino on July 1, 2015, during the Barack Obama administration. First Lady Michelle Obama oversaw the refurbishment of the State Dining Room, a three year project that was unveiled in 2015. This custom, woven rug was inspired by the plasterwork on the room's ceiling and features a design with wreathes and oak leaves. The rug was installed in 2012, at the beginning of the refurbishment.
  • Mahogany Sofa Table
    John & Thomas Seymour
    table
    This mahogany and birch sofa table by John and Thomas Seymour of Boston has veneered drawers and intricate stringing. This form was uncommon in early 19th century America. The table was a gift of the White House Historical Association in 1975.
  • Tall Case Clock
    Effingham Embree
    clock
    This tall case clock with musical works done in the Federal style was manufactured by Effingham Embree of New York. This is a supplemental piece added to the Diplomatic Reception Room following the donation of Federal furniture accepted by First Lady Mamie Eisenhower in 1960 for that room.
  • Diplomatic Reception Room, Barack Obama Administration
    Bruce White
    Diplomatic Reception Room
    Ground Floor
    wallpaper
    This 2010 digital photograph by Bruce White shows the Diplomatic Reception Room during the administration of President Barack Obama. The French wallpaper, depicting scenes of Boston, Niagara Falls, West Point, Natural Bridge, and New York Harbor, was installed under the direction of First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy in 1961. Also note on display a desk-bookcase made by John Shaw of Annapolis, Maryland in 1797 as well as a tall case clock made by Effingham Embree of New York, circa 1790-1795.
  • Diplomatic Reception Room, Ronald Reagan Administration
    Erik Kvalsvik
    Diplomatic Reception Room
    Ground Floor
    wallpaper
    This circa 1987 color photograph by Erik Kvalsvik shows the Diplomatic Reception Room of the White House during the administration of President Ronald Reagan. The French wallpaper, depicting scenes of Boston, Niagara Falls, West Point, Natural Bridge, and New York Harbor, was installed under the direction of First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy in 1961. Also note on display a desk-bookcase made by John Shaw of Annapolis, Maryland in 1797 as well as a tall case clock made by Effingham Embree of New York, circa 1790-1795.
  • Resurrection
    Alma Thomas
    Painting
    This acrylic and graphite on canvas painting was done by Alma Thomas, who was an educator and artist in Washington, D.C. for most of her career. She was a member of the Washington Color School. This painting was unveiled as part of the White House Collection during Black History Month 2015 and is the first in this collection by an African-American woman. This painting was acquired for the White House Collection with support from George B. Hartzog, Jr., and the White House Acquisition Trust/White House Historical Association.
  • Tambour Desk and Bookcase
    John & Thomas Seymour
    desk
    bookcase
    This mahogany tambour desk and bookcase made by John and Thomas Seymour was modeled after English designs. The desk has urn-shaped ivory keyhole escutcheons and the rich veneers and inlays characteristic of the Seymours. The desk was the gift of an anonymous donor and the White House Historical Association to the White House in 1974.